St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program 

Thank you for your interest in the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston for the year 2011.

Our fellowship training program will be participating in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) as well as the MATCH this year. Applicants can begin submitting their applications through ERAS beginning on November 15, 2010.

In addition to the training equivalent in the U.S., foreign applicants must have a valid ECFMG certificate in order to obtain the appropriate visa.  We accept H1-B and J1 visas however you must have three full years left on your visa prior to starting your fellowship.

Visa Requirements

St. Elizabeth’s sponsors the following visas:

  • The foreign national physician must pass Step 1 and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), or an examination determined to be equivalent to the NBME by the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.  In addition, the foreign national physician must hold a valid Standard ECFMG certificate; have a contract with an ACGME-accredited program at St. Elizabeth’s, provide a written statement from the Ministry of Health in the country of most recent legal permanent residence that attest to the need for physicians trained in the exchange visitor’s specialty and that verifies that the exchange visitor has filed written assurance that he/she will return to the county upon completion of training.  The duration of participation for the exchange visitor at St. Elizabeth’s is for the time required to meet the educational requirements for certification by an American specialty board that has been recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.  Duration of participation is further limited to a maximum of 7 years.


  • Temporary Worker H-1B:To be eligible for this type visa at St. Elizabeth’s, the applicant must have passed all three steps of the USMLE examinations at the time the contract is offered. Applicants must hold a license in Massachusetts to practice medicine (limited or full), hold a valid ECFMG Certificate and contract for a specific training program at St. Elizabeth’s.   The Office of Graduate Medical Education will file the H-1B petition on behalf of the international medical graduate via the Office of International Affairs at Tufts University School of Medicine.  An H-1B visa obtained for a particular program may be used only for that program and is not transferable to another institution or program.  The total amount of continuous time permitted in H1-B classification is 6 years, no extensions are permitted.  An absence from the United States of 1 year or more restarts the 6-year period.  



Paul J. Hesketh, MD, Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology and Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program 

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